WEST Wisdom Blog

2/8: Learn to be an Effective Negotiator

February 07, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Negotiation skills are required of all professionals. In fact, you use these skills in many phases of both your work and personal life.

According to a recent study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, failing to negotiate on an initial job offer could mean missing out on over $600,000 in salary during a typical career. 

This session will focus on negotiation strategies to help you achieve better outcomes. We will discuss how to effectively prepare for a negotiation, think on your feet and deal with conflict. This session will be an..

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WEST’s Women in Science and Technology Awards Event was SOLD OUT!

January 31, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Last week, more than 130 men and women gathered in Cambridge to recognize the honorees in WEST’s Annual “Giving Back Awards” ceremony. EACH YEAR for the past 9 years, WEST has brought the biotech and tech community together to honor incredible women from the science, technology and engineering fields who go above and beyond and selflessly give back to society. This year, in addition to recognizing women, WEST added a new accolade designed to recognize men who have demonstrated commitment to supporting and advancing talented women in STEM careers.

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WEST's 9th Annual Giving Back Awards and Silent Auction

January 17, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

Join WEST for an enchanting evening of celebration in Cambridge on Wednesday January 25th at our “Giving Back Awards” event where we will be recognizing remarkable individuals who contribute to the greater good.


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Tips for Incorporating Equity Compensation into Your Overall Financial Plan

January 10, 2017 - POSTED BY Jaime Luna POSTED IN Events

Today, more women are advancing to senior positions within the life sciences industry. Along with added responsibilities, senior executives usually receive stock options or other forms of equity compensation as part of their compensation packages. In this lunch program, financial advisor Beata Dragovics provides an overview of the various forms of equity compensation, along with current compensation trends within the life sciences industry. Attendees will learn how to optimize their equity compensation packages, with a particular focus on..

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Save the Date 1/25 for WEST's Giving Back Awards

January 09, 2017 - POSTED BY Jaime Luna POSTED IN Events

Meet the extraordinary and inspiring women and men being honored and hear the stories of how they have made a profound impact on society. The honorees are role models who balance job and personal responsibilities while making a difference in their community. Join us to congratulate them, be inspired, network, and support the career advancement of women in the enterprise of science and technology! 

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Communicating Your Strengths on Paper & in Person to Land that Perfect Job

January 02, 2017 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

How you portray yourself on a resume and in person during an interview are essential elements on the path to an epic career. It also requires putting in the effort to be completely prepared, and reflect to others why you are the only person for that position. Come join us for an interactive evening and be inspired to take a step back and evaluate how you can effectively communicate your strengths and career path, on paper and in person.  

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Giving Back Award Nominations

December 08, 2016 - POSTED BY Jaime Luna POSTED IN Events

WEST is accepting nominations through December 15th for our 9th Annual Giving Back Awards. You can nominate a deserving contender for one of the awards listed below. All nominees should be providing direct service to the community, be giving outside of the core responsibilities of his or her job, have a day job in science or technology, and be willing to have his or her story printed in the event program. The nominations should include name, title, company, giving back award category, and 1-3 paragraphs about their giving back. Please send..

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Career Possibilities and Networking Event

December 01, 2016 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

A STEM degree is one of the most flexible degrees available, but when pursuing one it can be difficult to engage with scientists who’ve moved away from the bench for their career path and see why that is true.  Who has the time to tear themselves away from lab or that coding project??  Worse still, even the most supportive mentors reinforce the notion that a job in the world outside is a sell-out and suggests failure in some sense.

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Senior Panel Discussion on Working Toward Gender Balance

November 16, 2016 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events

It was an energized and exciting evening at the November 14th WEST event, Pathways to Leadership Success: Working Toward Gender Balance Senior Panel Discussion. Biogen, Xconomy, and WEST hosted the event, which provided an exceptional opportunity for networking with around 150 members of the STEM community attending. The panel discussion featured the following leaders in academia and industry: Sangeeta Bhatia, Professor, MIT; Bruce Booth, Partner, Atlas Venture; and Sophie Vandebroek, CTO, Xerox.  Jo Viney of Biogen/WEST and Bob Buderi of..

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Giving Tuesday / November Donation Matching

November 14, 2016 - POSTED BY WEST Board Member POSTED IN Events
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for the common purpose of giving and celebrating generosity.

If you are looking to donate time or money this Giving Tuesday, please think of WEST.

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